Cornelsen Part of KFBCA’s First Hall of Fame Class

Brock Kappelmann - February 7, 2020 3:03 pm

Former Liberal head football coach and Texhoma native Gary Cornelsen was inducted into the first Kansas Football Coach’s Association Hall of Fame January 31 in Wichita.  Cornelsen led the Redskins to a 118-17 record from 1991-2001 and 2003.  The Redskins won state championships under Coach C in 1992, 1994, 1995, and 1997 with runner up finishes in 1991, 1993,  and 1996.  The Angry Red made it to seven consecutive state championship games.

The first class of Hall of Fame coaches includes:

Roger Barta: Smith Center

Gary Cornelsen: Liberal

Marvin Diener: Salina Central, Gardner-Edgerton

Ed Kriwiel: Kapaun (Posthumous)

Dick Purdy: Shawnee Mission West, Lawrence

Chuck Smith: Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan

Tom Young: Hanover, Wellington, Derby, McPherson

The event was part of the KFBCA’s clinic last weekend in Wichita.  Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman was the headliner for the event.


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